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From 28 July To 1 August 2004

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2004 SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR MEN'S "FINAL FOUR" NOTES
* The A1 Grand Slam, presented by Nokia, is the 13th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event this season after starting the season in March with back-to-back events in Brazil and South Africa.

* Led by Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, teams from Brazil have won eight of the titles with Switzerland capturing two gold medals, and one each for Germany and Spain.

* Emanuel and Ricardo have won five titles this season in Brazil, Serbia Montenegro, Portugal, Norway and Poland. The Brazilians now have nine "final four" placements this season with two seconds, a third and a fourth. Due to Ricardo's sprained right ankle in Mallorca, he and Emanuel placed ninth as they forfeited their final two matches on the Mediterranean island.

* Of the 36 medals presented this season, Brazil has collected 18 followed by Switzerland (7), Argentina (4), Germany (4), Norway (2) and Spain (1).

* Led by Brazil's 20 "final four" finishes, a total of nine countries have posted "final four" finishes. Other countries top four placements are Switzerland (8), Germany (7), Argentina (5), United States (3), Norway (2), Austria (1), Estonia (1) and Spain (1).

* Of the 12 gold medal matches, nine have featured two different countries.

* Brazilians played for the South African and Poland titles while Swiss teams competed for the gold in Mallorca.

* The back-to-back All-European finals in Gstaad and Berlin marked the first-time since 1994 that the continent had countries competing against each other for a gold medal.

Brazil, Salvador (3/16-21, $180,000)
1. Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $18,000
3. Mariano Baracetti/Marin Conde, ARGENTINA, $14,000
4. Markus Dieckmann/Jonas Reckermann, GERMANY, $11,000

South Africa, Cape Town (3/23-28, $180,000)
1. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Benjamin Insfran/Harley Marques, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Robert Nowotny/Peter Gartmayer, AUSTRIA, $11,000

China, Lianyungang (5/19-23, $180,000)
1. Javier Bosma/Pablo Herrera, SPAIN, $27,000
2. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Pedro Cunha/Pará Ferreira, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, UNITED STATES, $11,000

Serbia & Montenegro, Budva (5/26-30, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $18,000
4. Kristjan Kais/Rivo Vesik, ESTONIA, $11,000

Portugal, Espinho (6/2-6, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, NORWAY, $18,000
3. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $11,000

Puerto Rico, Carolina (6/9-13, $180,000)
1. Cunha/Pará, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $18,000
3. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger, UNITED STATES, $11,000

Switzerland, Gstaad (6/16-20, $180,000)
1. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $27,000
2. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $11,000

Germany, Berlin (6/23-27, $300,000)
1. M. Dieckmann/Reckermann, GERMANY, $43,000
2. Martin Laciga/Paul Laciga, SWITZERLAND, $29,500
3. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $23,000
4. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $18,500

Norway, Stavanger (6/30-7/4, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $27,000
2. Niklas Rademacher/David Klemperer, GERMANY, $18,000
3. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Andreas Scheuerpflug/Christoph Dieckmann, GERMANY, $11,000

Spain, Mallorca (7/7-11, $180,000)
1. M. Laciga/P. Laciga, SWITZERLAND, $27,000
2. Sascha Hayer/Markus Egger, SWITZERLAND, $18,000
3. Paulo Emilio Silva/Fabio Magalhaes, BRAZIL, $14,000
4. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $11,000

France, Marseille (7/13-18, $280,000)
1. Benjamin//Marcio Araujo, BRAZIL, $41,500
2. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $27,500
3. Baracett/Conde, ARGENTINA, $21,500
4. Rogers/Scott, UNITED STATES, $16,900

Poland, Stare Jablonki (7/21-25, $180,000)
1. Emanuel/Ricardo, BRAZIL, $21,000
2. Franco/Tande, BRAZIL, $18,000
3. Hoidalen/Kjemperud, NORWAY, $14,000
4. Heuscher/Kobel, SWITZERLAND, $11,000

* The A1 Grand Slam, president by Nokia, will be the 160th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Beach Volleyball event for men. The first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

* Brazil has advanced two teams to the Gold Medal match in 40 events (Event Nos. 20, 22, 30, 31, 32, 36, 39, 40, 41, 44, 47, 48, 55, 60, 63, 64, 66, 70, 73, 75, 87, 90, 93, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 103, 107, 108, 111, 112, 115, 124, 127, 130, 149 and 159), including the 1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

* United States has advanced two teams to the Gold Medal match in nine events (Event Nos. 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 35 - vacated, 54, 104), including the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

* Switzerland has advanced two teams to the Gold Medal match in one event (Event No. 157)

* There have been 109 events where two different countries battled for a FIVB Gold Medal.

* Brazil has advanced four teams to the semi-finals twice (Event Nos. 60, 70).

* Brazil has advanced a team(s) to the semi-finals of a FIVB event 152 times. Brazil has not advanced a team to the semi-final in only seven of 159 FIVB events (Event No. 4, 9, 25, 26, 45, 54, 56). Brazil has appeared in 103-straight "final fours" since not earning a spot in Event No. 56 (Portugal, 1996).

Brazil has had a team(s) in 136 Gold Medal matches. Brazil has not advanced a team Gold Medal match in only 22 FIVB events (Event No. 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 25, 26, 35, 45, 54, 56, 71, 104, 117, 118, 135 154, 155 and 157).

* Brazil has captured all three podium finishes at 14 different events.

* Brazil has had three teams advance to the semi-finals in 34 events.

* There has been 31 events that featured four different countries in the semi-finals (Event Nos. 12, 13, 18, 23, 26, 37, 52, 53, 56, 58, 68, 71, 76, 79, 83, 84, 92, 114, 116, 123, 128, 131, 135, 138, 139 142, 146, 148, 151, 155 and 158), including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.